For short trips around Moscow: how often citizens rent bikes this season

For short trips around Moscow: how often citizens rent bikes this season
Photo by: mos.ru. Evgeny Samarin
Since the opening of the rent stations network six years ago, users have rented bicycles 12.5 million times. This two-wheeler has become one of the basic means of getting around the city.

Muscovites and tourists have made over three million trips on city bicycles over the first half of the season. This is 700,000 more trips than in the same period last year. Bike-share stations opened in Moscow in late April. Traditionally, cycling season lasts until early November.

"Moscow bike-sharing keeps setting new records this year. Since the opening of the first share stations six years ago, bicycles have become one of the basic means of getting around the city. In total, users have rented them 12.5 million times since 2013. This two-wheeler is convenient for short trips around the city — to get home or to a work place from a metro station," said Deputy Moscow Mayor, Head of the Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure Development Maxim Liksutov. 

Photo by the Mayor and Moscow Government Press service. Denis Grishkin

Moscow's bike-sharing development

Bike-sharing is getting more and more popular with the growing number of bicycles and rental locations. This season, Moscow have another 100 bike-sharing stations opened, with 55 of them located in areas that have never provided these services before and 45 in areas that already have bike rental points.

In 2019, 12 districts more have got their bike-sharing stations: Altufyevsky, Dmitrovsky, Zapadnoye Degunino, Kapotnya, Lefortovo, Maryino, Nagatino-Sadovniki, Nagatinsky Zaton, Ochakovo-Matveyevskoye, Shchukino, Moskvorechye-Saburovo and Brateyevo. Maryino, Brateyevo and Zapadnoye Degunino districts have the greatest demand for rental bikes. 

They have now 530 stations and more than 5,000 bicycles available for rent. This season, the number of e-bikes has increased by half, up to 390 items. Over the seven years, the station network has grown almost 10 times.

Velobike bike-sharing stations were opened in Moscow in 2013. There were first only 79 of them on the Boulevard Ring and Frunzenskaya Embankment. In 2018, more than 4,000 bicycles were available for rent at 430 stations. New bike-sharing points were opened near metro stations and the Moscow  Central Circle, parks, as well as in remote areas of the city.

Photo by: mos.ru. Yuliya Ivanko